Jets' Wheeler heats up after early slump

Blake Wheeler controls the puck against Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade...

Blake Wheeler controls the puck against Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on October 29, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Blake Wheeler has put an early-season slump behind him by getting back to doing what he does best.

The Winnipeg Jets right-winger has four goals in his past five games to give him five goals and nine points in 14 games on the season, heading into Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“When you get hot, the puck just seems to find you in good situations, there’s no thinking required, it’s just your instinct and the puck is in the back of the net,” said Wheeler, who led the Jets with 19 goals in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season. “At the start of the year, I wasn’t really getting to the net, I was kind of a perimeter player and was easy to play against. Now I’m getting to the net and being rewarded for doing those things.

“Goals are tough to come by in this league, so whenever you get on a streak, you want to keep it going and put as many as you can in.”


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